FHA rehab loans ideal for distressed homes

Foreclosures and short sales always look so enticing, but these kinds of  deals are not for the faint-hearted or those on slim resources. Buying a residence that is not newly built usually requires immediate  rehabilitation and remodeling to be followed by regular maintenance. Taking on  a foreclosure or short-sale property only ratchets up the process…

Economists: 2012 marks the end of a long bottom

U.S. housing markets are likely to continue on a path of slow recovery after seeing a multiyear bottom, according to three real estate industry economists participating in a forum hosted by the National Association of Real Estate Editors said today. Read Entire Article

Options Abound for Kitchen Flooring

While design, color, and surface appeal are important considerations, you’ll also want kitchen flooring that can live up to your lifestyle and provide the comfort and durability you need. Here are some favorites, with their pros and cons: Natural Stone, Cork, Linoleum, Vinyl, Hardwood. Read Entire Article

Time for Tankless? The Next Generation of Boilers

We often take for granted the fact that heating up water — for use in sinks, showers, dishwashers and elsewhere — accounts for an estimated 30 percent of an average home’s energy consumption. Add in concern over carbon dioxide emissions by gas-powered water heaters and you begin to understand why budget- and eco-conscious homeowners have…

Tips for Your Kitchen Remodel – by Bob Villa

Kitchen makeovers remain popular as homeowners continue to invest to create a warm, stylish, comfortable, and efficient heart of the home. In addition to improved aesthetics and organization, kitchen remodels also hold reasonable resale value. According to Remodeling magazine’s 2011-2012 Cost vs. Value Report, midrange minor kitchen remodels — new countertops, appliances, cabinet fronts, and…